Dr. Susan La Marca
Head of Library Services
Genazzano FCJ College
Editor, Synergy SLAV
susan.lamarca@genazzano.vic.edu.au
www.australiancurriculum.edu.au
Mapping Curriculum against Library
Programs
The Australian Curriculum includes a focus on
seven general capabilities
Critical and Creative
Thinking
wsi.slav.vic.edu.au/question-
Critical and Creative
Thinking
http://www.youtube.com/user/merspi
COLLECTIO
NS
CURATION
CULTURE &
COMMUNITY
SPAC
ES
Possibiliti
es for
Interactio
n
Possibilities
for Learning
about
oneself and
others
MAKING
CREATIN
G
IASL
Internationa
l Book Mark
Exchange
SHARING
students as critical,
reflective, imaginative and
creative thinkers who are
able to interrogate
meaningfully their
informa...
IASL 2013 Presentation -  curriculum culture and community
IASL 2013 Presentation -  curriculum culture and community
IASL 2013 Presentation -  curriculum culture and community
IASL 2013 Presentation -  curriculum culture and community
IASL 2013 Presentation -  curriculum culture and community
IASL 2013 Presentation -  curriculum culture and community
IASL 2013 Presentation -  curriculum culture and community
IASL 2013 Presentation -  curriculum culture and community
IASL 2013 Presentation -  curriculum culture and community
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This paper was presented at the August 2013 conference of the International Association of School Librarianship. It looks at the possibilities offered by the Australian Curriculum for school libraries in two areas. A role in facilitating the creation of community and the library is a space and support for cultural pursuits of all kinds.

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  • All other learning areas are to be phased in across the next few years.

    The Foundation to year 10 Australian Curriculum sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities important for all Australian students. It describes the learning entitlement of students as a foundation for their future learning, growth and active participation in the Australian community.

    ACARA, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, has developed the Australian Curriculum in consultation with States and Territories. Education Authorities in each State and Territory have responsibility for implementation of the Australian Curriculum and for supporting schools and teachers.

    All schools are working their way through how to implement this new curriculum. But change in most cases is substantial as there is great deal of scope within the documentation, for particular foci or approaches to be adopted by an individual school, as long as the basic skill sets are embraced. Most interesting are the overarching general capabilities and cross curricular priorities and it is the general capabilities that I wish to focus on here in a general discussion of the place of school libraries in the Australian curriculum.

    Firstly, our most immediate response to all aspects of the curriculum has been about mapping and resourcing:
  • All of the Learning areas at my own school, like all other schools across the country, have been busy mapping our current curriculum against the outlines and elaborations of the Australian Curriculum in an effort to see what is already being covered and also what needs to now be included.

    This document on the slide illustrates the work of my library team involved with teaching our year six reading wider program. We were asked to highlight, on the English curriculum outline for year six, which areas we felt were covered in our reading program. This input would then be considered in the overall planning process for English.

    This process has shown us very clearly what we need to be doing to support the classroom teachers and made clear what is necessary for us to fulfil the requirements of the Australian curriculum.

    Mapping such as this is an important activity as it helps us to position the library service as crucial to the development and support of curriculum. It also involves us closely with teachers in the planning and discussion process surrounding curriculum development.

    Let’s move on then to consider the general capabilities -
  • Read slide.


    There are obvious roles for the school library in enriching, resourcing and teaching in the general capabilities areas of literacy and ICT. Our relevance here is obvious. I’d like to consider the general and less content focused areas of the documentation that are focused more strongly on personal growth and overarching life skills.

    Firstly, Critical and creative thinking
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    A wonderful list that is a gift to our profession.

    Inquiry process

    There is a role here for our profession to be involved, with other teachers, in a range of inquiry and research processes that emphasise reflection, analysis, synthesis and rich inquiry.

    The state version of my professional association, in Victoria, has endeavoured to respond to the development of the new Australian curriculum by developing resources that support and respond to it.

    The question generatot
  • The question generator is online.
    It allows learners to spin the different sides of the wheel to formulate the beginnings of quality questions. An integral part of critical and creative thinking.

    The second initiative is the VCE advantage Merspi YouTube channel
  • This service includes a number of videos on a range of research related topics that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Many where created in conjunction with our State Library service.

    The slide above is of a video I have found very useful as it outlines search techniques for how to use Google more effectively. Again, a useful tool in responding to the call to have our students think more critically and creatively and an important support for this capability within the Australian Curriculum.


    I’d now like to consider another of the general capabilities – ethical behavior
  • Read slide

    The teacher librarian has a crucial, important role to play within the general capability of Ethical Behaviour. How our students use technology and in particular, how they use the information, images and material that the internet, places at their finger tips.

    I do not have any quick solutions. The ethical use of information is difficult to enforce. Through our guiding of the research process it is vital that we take a role in ensuring the school community understand how important it is to reuse only what they have permission to reuse and to correctly cite the material that they use that belongs to others.

    In my own school we have recently felt it necessary to reassert the importance of correct citations and the creation of accurate reference lists for all work produced. To give this refocus weight we reproduced our guide, updating the information on all sources of information.
  • This booklet is made available both in hard copy and electronically on our intranet. To give weight to this initiative the booklet was taken to a curriculum leaders meeting where it was ratified by the committee as the agreed standard for all work produced within the college.
    Ratifying such documents, having them agreed to as policy, is an important action if we are to have our role in this area taken seriously.
    Such recognition gives us ‘permission’ to both teach and encourage others to teach and expect a certain level of ethical behaviour in how information is used. It is important that we take this opportunity to stamp our ownership on this area and have correct procedures accepted as school policy.


    The next General Capability to consider today is the Intercultural Capability
  • This is a very interesting general capability.
    If we look a the sub headings on the graphic, we have:

    Empathy
    Respect
    Responsibility
    Recognising
    Reflecting
    Interacting


    I’d like to consider this slide in conjunction with the next area: personal and social capability.

    I would argue that the school library ably addresses these areas of student growth and development in two important ways.

    Firstly, a key role of the library is to provide and support the use of varied collections of all kinds. These collections play a key role in enabling students to learn empathy, respect etc through the knowledge of others and themselves that reading brings. How we as teacher librarians promote and teach, using these collections is a very important part of improving our cultural understanding.

    The other way we impact upon culture is through (next slide)
  • if we consider the sub areas of this capability:

    Self- awareness
    Self-management
    Social management
    Social awareness

    I would argue that the school library ably addresses these areas of student growth and development in a variety of ways.

    Firstly, a key role of the library is to provide and support the use of varied collections of all kinds. These collections play a key role in enabling students to learn empathy, respect and self awareness through the knowledge of others and themselves that reading brings. How we as teacher librarians promote and teach, using these collections is a very important part of improving our cultural understanding and our social awareness.
  • Firstly, a key role of the library is to provide and support the use of varied collections of all kinds. These collections play a key role in enabling students to learn empathy, respect and self awareness through the knowledge of others and themselves that reading brings. How we as teacher librarians promote and teach, using these collections is a very important part of improving our cultural understanding and our social awareness.

    How we curate these resources will become increasingly important.

    (next slide libguides)


  • Nest I’d like to highlight how we respond to and support these overarching, general capabilities thorough how we create

    (next slide – heading ) community and culture
  • School libraries create, support and enrich community and culture in a variety of ways.
    Firstly, space
  • the wonderful library spaces and programs we provide that encourage reflection, interaction and respect. School libraries should be a home for all kinds of cultural activities - literary events, guest speakers, a meeting place for clubs and groups and a display space for student work – all of these aspects of the library role make it a key element in the culture of any school community and, a key player in supporting this general capability.

    (five slides)
  • Engaging
    Color
    Technology rich
  • flexible
  • Playful and inviting
  • Havens of learning



    Our spaces also offer (next slide ) possibilities for interaction
  • (explain)

    Learning through play

    Creative interactions

    Responding to the focus on the development of creative thinking, personal development and social and self awareness.


    We offer activities that enrich and extend community

    (next slide - chess)


  • Opportunities to make (next slide)
  • And to create


  • We can even incorporate IASL program into this focus.
    The IASL school libraries month book mark project for example (next slide)


  • And libraries as a place of sharing

  • Sharing knowledge and information.
    Interacting with others.
    Learning about ourselves and the world around us.


    I’d like to finish this brief overview of my paper with the words of Associate professor Ross Todd who has explored the wonderful opportunities for libraries to be found in the Australian curriculum. Professor Todd claims the curriculum positions..
  • I would add the general capabilities also allow us to position school libraries to be spaces where community and culture are created and enriched. A place where students can explore, interact, make, compete and learn. Engaging, inviting spaces that enrich our students in relation to the new Australian curiculum.

    Thank you
  • IASL 2013 Presentation - curriculum culture and community

    1. 1. Dr. Susan La Marca Head of Library Services Genazzano FCJ College Editor, Synergy SLAV susan.lamarca@genazzano.vic.edu.au
    2. 2. www.australiancurriculum.edu.au
    3. 3. Mapping Curriculum against Library Programs
    4. 4. The Australian Curriculum includes a focus on seven general capabilities
    5. 5. Critical and Creative Thinking wsi.slav.vic.edu.au/question-
    6. 6. Critical and Creative Thinking http://www.youtube.com/user/merspi
    7. 7. COLLECTIO NS
    8. 8. CURATION
    9. 9. CULTURE & COMMUNITY
    10. 10. SPAC ES
    11. 11. Possibiliti es for Interactio n
    12. 12. Possibilities for Learning about oneself and others
    13. 13. MAKING
    14. 14. CREATIN G
    15. 15. IASL Internationa l Book Mark Exchange
    16. 16. SHARING
    17. 17. students as critical, reflective, imaginative and creative thinkers who are able to interrogate meaningfully their information landscape and be innovative problem
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